Online Learning Update

March 7, 2012

Online Learning the new, new math

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:02 am

by Nick Veronin, Mountain View Voice Staff

A few times each week, the students in Gayle Dyer’s fifth-grade class at Bubb Elementary put down their books, worksheets, pens and pencils and switch on a school set of iPads to watch instructional YouTube clips and take interactive quizzes. They are participating in a pilot program created by Khan Academy — a Mountain View-based education company behind an extremely popular series of streaming educational videos. Dyer, who jumped at the opportunity to be a part of the pilot, says that the program has worked to get her students jazzed about doing math exercises, while simultaneously giving her new, high-tech tools for tracking and analyzing individual student progress in real time. “The kids are highly engaged in it,” Dyer said. “When they do it on the iPad, it’s fun. So they’re practicing more.” The Khan Academy videos and computer game exercises are effective for a number of reasons, Dyer said.

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